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Unread 08-03-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Replacing axle seal?

I have a 2003 Rubicon, and need to replace the driver side rear axle seal for inspection. I have found write-ups for the actual replacement, but nothing that tells me how to remove the axle shaft to do so. Could someone please direct me to something that shows me how to do it? Preferably with pictures. I'm not big on spending a few hundred to get a shop to do it when the seal is rather cheap.

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Unread 08-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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Here is what you need from Stu Olson's AWESOME site.

D44 Axle Shaft Removal and Overhaul - 1

To remove the shafts, just unbolt the 4 bolts on the retainer plates at the outside end of the axles. (pic from Stu's site as well!)


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Thanks Max. I had already read that article, but since it made no mention of removal, I figured it would be safer to ask rather than just dive in. If I had tried to figure it out myself, I would have ended up pulling half of the differential apart. I have only worked on C-clip axles before, and I know this is not one.
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Thanks Max. I had already read that article, but since it made no mention of removal, I figured it would be safer to ask rather than just dive in. If I had tried to figure it out myself, I would have ended up pulling half of the differential apart. I have only worked on C-clip axles before, and I know this is not one.
You're welcome!

I just did this same job on a '97 TJ with a Dana 44 rear a few weeks back. It was a snap, especially the retainer ring removal. I used the same method as the write-up on Stu's site, by drilling almost through it & using a chisel to knock it the rest of the way apart.

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